|Forum topic by SilverbackReef||posted 01-15-2015 02:45 PM||789 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
01-15-2015 02:45 PM
Have some chairs that are about 15 years old that started getting loose/wobbly. The missus got on me to fix them. I’m thinking “crap, probably doweled…this is gonna be a PITA”. I was wrong.
The chairs are actually made pretty well. Good design and well made parts with all M&T joinery. The only problem was at the glue stage. They just plopped a little glue in the bottom of the mortise and shoved the tenon in. No good glue spread on the long grain surfaces.
Given what I learned from the initial loose joints, it’s clear that I need to open and reglue almost all of them which means disassembling non-loose joints. So far I’ve disassembled three joints: first one with hot water, second and third by wrapping with a heating pad for about 30 minutes.
The old glue is dark brown and when the warm joint opens it’s a littlle bit gummy. Given that heat is enough to loosen it, the dark brown color, and the warm-gummy consistency; can I assume this is hide glue?
I’ve never used hide glue (it’s on my list of things to learn this year) so I have no experience to tell for myself.
If it is hide glue, based on my reading, it may save me some work in cleaning off the old glue because the fresh glue will soften and mix with it.
Thanks for any thoughts.